Sr Java Developer - Space Domain Awareness

Job Locations US-CO-Aurora | US-VA-Herndon
Requisition ID
Position Category
Software Engineering / Development / Architecture
Top Secret/SCI w/Poly
Space & Intelligence


Peraton is looking for a Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA or Aurora, CO to support Intelligence Community and DoD customers as part of a talented, high-performing team. As part of this team you will work with emerging service and distributed computing technologies for satellite situational awareness (SSA) data processing and distribution. 


The EMMETT program, a next gen Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Indications and Warning (I&W) system, establishes a repository of resident space objects (RSOs), finds RSOs of interest, and provides data to ground operators. The EMMETT team uses: programmatics, sensor modeling, and system engineering expertise to deliver this world-class SDA I&W system.


What you'll do:

  • Provide TS/SCI Java software development of modules. Some of these techniques include but are not limited to, event-driven or state-driven programming, error logging, and exception handling.
  • Perform TS/SCI software analysis, architecture, engineering, and integration services at the unit, module, and system levels.
  • Perform all aspects of software engineering support required to implement systems.
  • Adhere to open standards and modern software development methodologies, including what is considered ‘best’ practices by Industry to the extent that operational requirements will allow.
  • Provide technical reports, white papers and other documentation as required to documents findings of all software engineering service activities.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with 12+ years of relevant experience; OR a Master's degree with 10+ years of relevant experience; OR a PhD with 8+ years of relevant experience Additional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • This position requires the candidate to possess a minimum of Top Secret clearance with ability to upgrade to TS/SCI and pass a polygraph within 30 days of employment or at customer's request - contract requires TS/SCI with poly. The candidate must maintain the clearance.
  • Must be proficient in with Java (Model, Entity, Data Transfer Object (DTO), Data Access (DAO))
  • Software design and development experience with cloud architecture to include using containers (Docker).
  • Experience developing software on Unix-based operating systems such as RedHat Enterprise Linux.
  • Experience with Remote Debugging (JDWP) and Spring Framework - MapStruct Annotations
  • Experience with a relational database, such as PostgreSQL (understand queries and commands)
  • Experience working with Linux distributions and how to use commands and navigation
  • Experience with Messaging like ActiveMQ and Camel Route
  • Working knowledge of web application basics like HTTP, HTML, REST, WebSocket, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience with JIRA, Confluence, and Gerrit/ GIT.
  • Experience with Apache Kafka
  • Experience with Microservices, Containerization, and Kubernetes
  • Demonstrated experience with cluster management tools such as AWS EKS and Rancher
  • Hands on experience with AWS services such as RDS, ElastiCashe or similar

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficient in at least one scripting language such as Python
  • Familiar with web server configuration on NGINX, Apache, or similar
  • Experience using AWS as a developer
  • Experience in using build/deploy tools such as Jenkins and Ansible
  • Experience collaborating with external developers and integrating their components into a larger framework.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment
  • Background in physics, mathematics, or aerospace.
  • Experience with NiFi, developing flows and process groups
  • Active CompTIA Security+ CE certification or working toward certification


Peraton offers enhanced benefits to employees working on this critical National Security program, which include heavily subsidized employee benefits coverage for you and your dependents, 25 days of PTO accrued annually up to a generous PTO cap and eligible to participate in an attractive bonus plan.


Peraton Overview

Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.

Target Salary Range

$146,000 - $234,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


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